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post #1 of 3 Old 09-19-2009, 10:19 PM Thread Starter
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What are you supposed to do if your horse is bitten by a snake while on a trail ride?

I saw a huge cottonmouth on the trail yesterday and it made me wonder.

I tried Googling it, but the articles I read were conflicting and had a bunch of grammar and spelling mistakes and stuff, so I didn't really trust them.


Also, does anyone know how horses react to cottonmouth, rattlesnake, copperhead, or coral snake bites?
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-19-2009, 10:45 PM
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I saw a huge cottonmouth on the trail yesterday and it made me wonder.

I tried Googling it, but the articles I read were conflicting and had a bunch of grammar and spelling mistakes and stuff, so I didn't really trust them.


Also, does anyone know how horses react to cottonmouth, rattlesnake, copperhead, or coral snake bites?
I'll just comment on copperheads, since we have those around here. A copperhead bite is typically not serious to an animal with the mass of a horse (and copperheads are very shy in general). The major danger is a bite to the nose area that can cause swelling that interfers with breathing.

As far as what to do on trail ride, try this article... http://www.equisearch.com/horses_rid...eqtrailt91586/

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I don't know much about snake bites (thanks for the previous post that was informative) however I have encountered many snakes on the dirt roads, 9 times out of 10 we see the snakes before the horses do, and there have been several times that we have rode past them and the horses had no idea that they were there but be careful if you have a horse like that because if they see that the snake is moving they will JUMP to the side and "watch it" lol. However I knew someone who came across a snake and his horse took off for it and stomped it to death. I personally like the fact that my horses don't because I think that is dangerous and how they can easily get bit
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